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Letter to the Editor: Bear hunting too close to home

Elaine McDonough
Truckee

On one early misty morning during the week of Thanksgiving at a parking lot at a Truckee golf course, two trucks drove up with 17 hunting dogs and out-of-town bear hunting guides meeting with their clients who had obtained bear permits.

They drove past the Save-Mart shopping center to just a couple hundred yards past the town limits on Highway 89 south. Parking just past private property, they let their dogs out. The guides’ business is to know where the bears are located. Two bears were immediately treed by the dogs and then shot.

One bear was first shot in the paw, which then fell from the tree, and was again shot and killed. The other bear was shot and killed while up in the tree. As far as I know, these hunters and these guides come from out of town, spending very little money here locally, kill our wildlife, spoil our environment, and most of all, because we don’t know they’re here, put us all in danger of being shot.

Since I don’t associate with hunters or guides, I cannot comment on all of them, but the ones I have seen have been drinking and are very dangerous to anyone in their path.

When do we take our community back? We seem to have let government agencies, such as Fish and Game, rule our lives. Please help us take back our homes and our environment for our children and their future. Let us make our community safe before a tragedy happens and all they can say is and#8220;I’m sorry.and#8221;

I would propose that no hunting be allowed on this side of the Sierra crest around Lake Tahoe. There are just too many people up here enjoying the environment, walking and hiking with their children and their pets, to be endangered by deer and bear hunters.